Windsor

Survey of Windsor-Essex homeless population underway

Volunteers with the Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex County and the City of Windsor are working to take a snapshot of the region’s homeless population.

'Sometimes you get pretty tired at night time when you have no place to stay or a place to sleep'

A volunteer with the City of Windsor interviews Michael Tookate on Ouellette Avenue in Windsor. (Alex Brockman/CBC)

Volunteers with the Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex County and the City of Windsor are working to take a snapshot of the region's homeless population.

They are looking to speak with people  who are homeless in order to better understand what types of services they need and to provide officials with data about how many people do not have a place to sleep every night.

CBC News went out with two canvassers around Ouellette Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. We met with three people who agreed to share their stories.  

Michael Tookate

(Alex Brockman/CBC)

Tookate said he has a place to sleep here in Windsor, but has experienced homelessness before in Toronto. He's originally from Moosonee, Ont.

"Sometimes you get pretty tired at nighttime when you have no place to stay or a place to sleep," he said. "You feel better when you have a place to sleep."

"There were days when I wouldn't sleep for three days because I was on the street and I didn't sleep, sometimes you have to stay on the road when you're on the street and it's hard to find a place," he said. 

Amanda Stephens

(Alex Brockman/CBC)

Stephens said she suffers from mental illness, including depression and anxiety. She said she has a place to sleep tonight, but that's not guaranteed for tomorrow night.

"It's kind of hard [being homeless] but I get through it," she said. "It just gets kind of annoying when I can't find a job because of my mental illness."

Trainwreck

(Alex Brockman/CBC)

This man identified himself as 'Trainwreck' and said he's been been travelling throughout big cities in North America for several years. 

This is his second stint in Windsor and expects to move to another city soon.

"I stay wherever I lay my head," he said. "Having a place to stay would be tremendous."

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